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The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)

Harriet Blossom, the lonely wife of a workaholic brassiere manufacturer, breaks her sewing machine and ends up in bed with the repairman, a mechanic from one of her husband's factories. The... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph McGrath

Writers:

Josef Shaftel (short story), Alec Coppel (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Harriet Blossom
Richard Attenborough ... Robert Blossom
James Booth ... Ambrose Tuttle
Freddie Jones ... Det. Sgt. Dylan
William Rushton William Rushton ... Dylan's assistant
Bob Monkhouse ... Dr. Taylor
Patricia Routledge ... Miss Reece
John Bluthal ... Judge
Harry Towb ... Doctor
Sandra Caron Sandra Caron ... Pet shop assistant
Sheila Steafel ... Pet shop saleslady (as Sheila Staefel)
Frank Thornton ... Factory manager
Barry Humphries ... Art dealer
John Cleese ... Post Office Clerk
Bruce Lacey Bruce Lacey ... Musketeer
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Storyline

Harriet Blossom, the lonely wife of a workaholic brassiere manufacturer, breaks her sewing machine and ends up in bed with the repairman, a mechanic from one of her husband's factories. The man, Ambrose, is supposed to leave during the night, but Harriet finds him the next day still hiding in the attic. Harriet lets her new lover stay in the attic for years, managing to keep it all secret from her husband and from the detectives investigating the sudden disappearance of a certain Mr. Ambrose Tuttle. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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The most titillating comedy of the year See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un marido de repuesto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

During filming, Sir Richard Attenborough offered Shirley MacLaine the part in Gandhi (1982), which was played by Candice Bergen. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Robert is conducting the Brass Band, a picture of a Mexican (Mr. Tuttle dressed-up) and a dog (Dinky) is visible. These two characters don't appear until later in the picture and Robert only sees the picture for the 'first time' at Mrs.Blossom's picture exhibition after that. See more »

Connections

References Zulu (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way That I Live
Lyrics by Norman Newell
Music by Riz Ortolani
Performed by Jack Jones
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Shirley was great, the 60s were too
17 March 2005 | by psully99See all my reviews

I only saw this movie once, around 1982. Sorry to admit, I was still doing some of the 60s things at the time, like smoking pot, and so my recollections are not so vivid of the movie (except for laughing too much, and a giant bra), but it is remarkable that even now when I see Shirley McLaine movies I always wonder why Ihave never seen Mrs. Blossom again. I looked it up on Internet just now and came here, because "What a Way to Go!" came on, and it is another even older (1964) Shirley McLaine movie. She's So CUTE!

Hmm, now that I recall, I was also in a love triangle at the time. Maybe that's why it seems so poignant.


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